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Career Connections: Industrial Hygienist

4 minutes

(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Title: Allied Health – Industrial Hygienist A young woman holds a device connected to a long wand as she walks with a man.

(woman) Safex is a great place for industrial hygienists and safety professionals. We started in 1992, and we have 20 employees. Our company is all about helping our clients

(Describer) Safex President Dianne Grote:

keep their workers safe and on the job. An industrial hygienist is the individuals that focus on the exposures that employees have in the workplace. We might be concerned about what they're inhaling or what they're getting on their skin. We work closely with the safety people. Industrial hygienists sometimes are safety people. You'll find that the industrial hygienists usually have a science background. Many have gone to school for industrial hygiene. In my case, I had a science background and went to get my master's in industrial hygiene and safety. There is a certification for industrial hygiene. It is not a requirement to get a job or for being an industrial hygienist. You must demonstrate that you've worked for a company doing industrial hygiene work for five years. You have to complete certain coursework, then take an exam. That test is administered by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

(Describer) The young woman takes the device from a case and extends the wand, which she raises to an office ceiling.

So our activities that an industrial hygienist would be, we could be doing indoor air quality monitoring, where we're looking at particles in the air, relative humidity, temperature, and we compare those to standards that exist to determine if the air we're breathing is healthy. We would also, as we've discussed, doing industrial hygiene monitoring, calibrate our pumps and prepare the right media. Sometimes, as I mentioned, industrial hygienists do safety things. In that case, we might do inspections of ladders or inspections of a construction site.

(Describer) Two men confer in a house under construction.

A lot of industrial hygienists like to do training, so sometimes what we'll do is train other industrial hygienists or safety professionals or someone that's going to help you implement your safety program. One of the things you might do is measure ventilation to make sure it's protecting the worker, so we would train someone on how to do industrial ventilation studies.

(Describer) The first man shows two people a pipe that pulls in smoke.

The job prospects for industrial hygienists is really good right now. Some of the schools years ago had consolidated, and so they were graduating less students. The interesting part about industrial hygiene and safety is that people are realizing it's a critical part of business. Companies that may not have ever considered bringing staff on now are hiring people. And because the government, the industry, construction all hire industrial hygienists in safety professions, you could work in just about any kind of field that you want.

(Describer) A man fits equipment on another’s collar.

I think it's important to focus on the sciences and the maths because that is something that we use throughout our careers. Having a good base in that makes their future brighter. But there's two other skills industrial hygienists have, and those are problem-solving and just curiosity about the world.

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Industrial hygienists are specialists in the field of occupational health and safety. They analyze health hazards in the workplace and provide companies with solutions to possible hazards. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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Runtime: 4 minutes

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